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Why You Should Think Twice About Firing Your Attorney

When you are going through a divorce, you will likely spend a significant amount of time either in person with your attorney, or talking to your attorney on the phone (or both!). For this reason, the single most important piece of advice that we give potential clients is to choose an attorney with whom you feel comfortable. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to have a good working relationship with your attorney! Our recommendation to potential clients is to pick your attorney carefully, pick someone you like, let your gut be your guide, (not to the exclusion of other factors, of course) and make sure you feel you can trust that person. If you end up choosing an attorney that all your friends told you that you should choose, and you end up hating them and wanting to change attorneys, it can cost a lot of money, waste a lot of time, and possibly end up impacting your credibility with the court if you've changed attorneys multiple times.

We hear from individuals that they want to change attorneys because their attorney has told them something they don't want to hear. This is where the aspect of trusting your attorney comes in. Your attorney may give you advice that you don't want to hear, and you may not want to follow that advice. In that case, even though it's painful, we recommend that you follow your attorney's advice, because they typically have the experience and the knowledge of where your case is going, to make the best recommendations for your personal situation.

Some people also decide they want to change attorneys because they have a lot of questions about their case, and they may not understand what their attorney is doing, or what direction their attorney is taking their case. Instead of switching attorneys, we recommend that you ask for a meeting with your attorney, and sit down and ask them very specific questions. Have them lay out the reasoning and goals for your case, so that you have a clear understanding and can make the decision to get on board, discuss a different direction, or as a last resort, switch attorneys.

Firing your attorney may sometimes be necessary, especially if you feel you have chosen someone that you cannot trust. There are different skill levels in attorneys. Some of them are far better in court than others, some of us are far better on our feet than others, and some have incredible strengths in research and writing. The bottom line is that no one has it all. Any attorney that you pick is going to be a combination of those things, so get a full analysis of your case from your attorney and find out how they're going to use their strengths in all those ways before you decide that what you want to do is better than what the attorney is advising you to do. In the long run, it will save you a lot of time, money and make your divorce process a much easier experience.

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